Towards the end of last year, it was rumored that Amazon was working on its own cloud gaming platform. Then in April, it was reported that Amazon had postponed the launch of the service until next year due to COVID-19. Well, the report is wrong, because Amazon has just officially introduced it.
Dubbed Amazon Luna, the basic premise offered is almost the same as other cloud gaming services such as Google Stadia or Microsoft xCloud: pay a subscription fee, so consumers can play games on TV, laptop or smartphone. It’s called the cloud, all the games are actually run on the server and streamed by the device the customer is using.
One factor that sets Luna apart is her business model. Unlike Stadia, which requires customers to buy their games separately, or xCloud, which charges a flat monthly rate like Netflix, Luna adopts a business model similar to Amazon Prime Video.
Consumers will be able to subscribe to several channel games at Luna. The first channel came from Amazon itself, namely Luna +. By paying $ 6 per month (introductory rate), customers can immediately access games such as Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, Grid, Abzu. , Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and many more.
All of these games can be played indefinitely and without paying extra fees. For some titles, customers can play them at 4K 60 fps resolution. One subscription account can be used to play on two different devices simultaneously.
The second channel comes from Ubisoft. The rates are yet to be specified, but customers will be sure to have access to Ubisoft’s flagship titles, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on the day of their release. In the future, Luna will also offer channels from other publisher partners.
At the beginning of its launch, Amazon Luna will be available on PC, Mac, and of course Fire TV. The Android app will follow, and what’s very interesting, Luna will also be available on iOS. The funny thing is, Luna on iOS will later be presented in the form of a web app. Obviously this is Amazon’s way of getting around the policies that Apple enacted recently.
Without having to be surprised, Luna will come with Twitch integration. Watching broadcast after broadcast can be done via Luna, and vice versa, subscribers can also jump right into the game that the streamer is watching (if the game is in Luna’s catalog).
To play, customers are free to use a mouse plus keyboard, Bluetooth gamepad, or an Xbox One or DualShock 4 controller. Alternatively, consumers can also buy a special Luna controller for $ 50. At a glance, it looks like an Xbox One controller, but it turns out that it has its own uniqueness.
Instead of connecting to a smartphone, TV or other device that is currently playing, this controller connects directly to Amazon’s cloud server. The advantage, latency can be cut up to 17 to 30 milliseconds compared to when connected via Bluetooth. Connecting directly to the server also means that the controller does not need to go through the re-pairing process when consumers want to switch from one device to another.
Amazon Luna is currently still in early access status in the United States. Unfortunately so far Amazon hasn’t said anything about its availability in other countries.